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Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

Who can apply

If you are eligible for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), you can receive $500 ($450 after taxes withheld) for each 1-week period.

To apply for the CRSB, you must meet all the eligibility criteria and be employed or self-employed on the day before your first application period.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the CRSB, you must meet all the following conditions for the 1-week period you're applying for:

    Who can advise you to self-isolate
    • your employer
    • a medical practitioner
    • a nurse practitioner
    • a person in authority
    • the government
    • your public health authority
    Who can advise you to stay at home due to your health condition
    • a medical practitioner
    • a nurse practitioner
    • a person in authority
    • the government
    • your public health authority
  • Definition

    You live and have a home in Canada, but do not have to be a citizen or a permanent resident.

    What counts towards the $5,000
    • Counts as income:
      • All employment or self-employment income, including:
        • tips
        • non-eligible dividends
        • honoraria (nominal amounts paid to volunteers)
        • royalties (payments to artists)
    • Does not count as income:
      • disability benefits
      • student loans, bursaries or scholarships
      • pension income
      • amounts from other COVID-19 benefits:
        • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
        • Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)
        • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
        • Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)
        • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)

You need all of the above to be eligible for the CRSB.

If you’re not eligible for CRSB

If you still need financial support, review other options at COVID-19 benefits and services.

Note: Incarcerated individuals in prison or other institutions are not likely to meet all the above eligibility criteria. Those employed and on day parole may be eligible if all criteria are met.

Verifying your eligibility

The CRA will verify that you're eligible to receive the CRSB. Individuals who are found to have intentionally made fraudulent claims may face additional consequences, such as penalties or possible jail time.

To report suspected misuse, go to: CRA's Leads program.

If information is missing from your application, we may need you to provide additional documentation to validate your application and complete the process.

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